ABB and Titagarh form a strategic partnership for metro projects in India
By siliconindia | Monday, 20 November 2023, 06:11:37 PM IST
ABB and Titagarh Rail Systems have joined hands to form a strategic partnership aimed at supplying propulsion systems for metro rolling stock projects in India. The partnership is aligned with the Indian government's "Make in India" and "Atmanirbhar Bharat" initiatives. The partnership has already achieved early success by winning orders to design and supply equipment for metro coaches for Gujarat. Titagarh specializes in the design, manufacture, supply, commissioning, and servicing of various passenger rolling stock and metro coaches for Indian and international markets.
On the other hand, ABB specializes in designing, manufacturing, and servicing propulsion systems and electrical equipment used for railways and metro systems. On the other hand, this strategic partnership between the two companies aims to leverage their potential and synergy to become a significant player in the Indian market. Additionally, the partnership will help them expand their market base to other projects and countries.
Titagarh has entered into a partnership agreement with ABB to purchase their propulsion systems, which consist of traction converters, auxiliary converters, traction motors, and train control management system (TCMS) software. As part of this agreement, Titagarh will also acquire the manufacturing rights and production license for traction motors and the complete transfer of technology related to the GoA 4 (Driverless metro) TCMS software from ABB.
Edgar Keller, president of the traction business, ABB, said, "ABB is established as a leading global player in the design, manufacture, supply, and servicing of traction propulsion systems and TCMS. This strategic partnership with Titagarh provides the strong foundation to enter and expand our footprint in this key market while also supporting the efforts to make rail transportation in India sustainable through our energy-efficient technology, fully produced in India".
Umesh Chowdhary, vice-chairman and managing director (MD) of Titagarh, said, "Working in partnership with ABB will enable Titagarh to participate fully in our government's Atmanirbhar Bharat and Make in India initiatives. We have already set up manufacturing facilities for some of the items for the propulsion chain and are in the process of making it a holistic solution".
"This agreement is an important step towards developing in-house capabilities for our own TCMS, including driverless (Grade of Automation 4) TCMS, complete with the setup of a TCMS Laboratory and the development of the source codes, which is often referred to as the 'brain of the train' and is the most modern in the world. This development of local TCMS capabilities will enable us to further align with the government's vision of the Aatmanirbharta", he added. The strategic partnership is already underway with orders for propulsion equipment and TCMS for metro coaches in Gujarat.
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